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Turn back time
McNeil, Elisabeth.
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Publication Information:
Sutton, Surrey ; New York : Severn House, [1998]

Physical Description:
278 pages ; 23 cm
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Central Library X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Lambeth, 1878. Amelia, sentenced to 25 years hard labour for causing the death of her mother maintains that she died from natural causes. Now, upon her release, sinister facts emerge about her mother. Through the voices of Amelia, her daughter Daisy, and a maid, the truth gradually unfolds.

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Set in Victorian England and characterized by psychological turmoil and physical violence, this is a convoluted story of a deeply troubled family. Amelia Portbury was a rash young woman who, after a life of emotional abuse and physical distance, married a vibrant and witty young man--her carriage driver--who, at age 17, was half Amelia's age. Immediately disowned by her family, Amelia found herself involved in increasingly bitter conflicts with her mother, a selfish and vindictive person. During one dispute, Amelia is driven to strike the older woman. When the resulting injuries lead to her mother's death, Amelia is tried and convicted for murder. This novel retells the murder story, including everything that leads up to the tragedy, then continues 25 years later, after Amelia's release from prison. Told from the perspectives of three characters--Amelia, her radical young daughter, Daisy, and her kindly maid, Alice--McNeill's drama is of both psychological and historical interest. --Catherine Sias

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